Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
12/28/2011 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Wednesday)
12/29/2011 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (Thursday)
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I have a thousand plans for when I get home. I am helping out as a secretary at my brother's office, mostly answering the phone and talking to people about my dad. But I am surfing the web a lot too. I love this piece by Yellena James.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Leonard work consists of thousands of vintage postcards depicting Niagara Falls, arranged in several groupings of cards that are printed with exactly the same image. The identical picture is repeated, over and over again, but with the subtle gradations of tone as a major subject: the ink is sometimes yellowed, due to age and wear and tear, or due to press differences. Now I know who was bidding against me on postcards of Niagara, a place I visited to make pictures a few years ago. I learned that the Falls are a man-made tourist destination, not really a true "natural wonder" at all anymore, due to our efforts in harnessing of the water's power for electricity. The Falls get turned "off" over the winter, and we were there when the flip got switched to get it flowing again, just in time for the thaw and upcoming tourist season. Read more about the manufactured sublime in Ginger Strand's book, "Inventing Niagara," and see some of her own postcard collection here: http://www.gingerstrand.com/niagara_lost.htm Leonard's work explores the idea of mass-market tourism and the shaping of a location for that purpose and the idea of the souvenir and the photographic landscape tradition. Her postcards span the half-century from 1900-1950, and, according to the exhibition's curator: "... there is little evidence in Leonard’s ensemble of the far-reaching physical changes that the site underwent during this same period: inter alia, the amount of water flowing over the falls was reduced and regulated daily; certain outcroppings of rock, deemed dangerous, were blasted away; and erosion radically redrew the profile of the Horseshoe Falls. While the icon requires constancy to maintain its status as icon, the suppression in these reproductions of the site’s physical permutations contributes to the elision of the icon into cliché."
But on Sunday we purchased this amazing vintage yellow table and chairs for the kitchen - Now I am thinking about a wall paper I purchased on sale at Anthropologie for the wall. I hung the roll up and photoshopped the rest of the wall in...
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
This Fall, I will be teaching needle felting and embroidering felted wool.
Please consider registering for one of my classes at
The Weaver’s Guild of Rochester
located in Piano Works Mall, East Rochester
Studio 1940 349 W. Commercial St.
Artful Fiber Gifts
Make numerous simple gifts for Holiday gift giving! You will create unique greeting cards using embroidery and felting techniques and make small felted ornaments, jewelry (pins, hair clips, earrings), and various art objects. No prior experience required. AGE: 13 and up. MATERIALS FEE: $8.00 paid to instructor for blank cards, embroidery thread, felt, roving and tools for use during class.
Instructor Nancy Topolski
Creative Needle Felting & Embroidery
Learn a variety of needle felting and embroidery techniques. Wet and dry wool felting techniques will be covered: needle felting on recycled wool, Nepal wool felt and 3-D projects using roving. Embroidery is a lovely complement to felted wool designs, and you will practice some basic stitches. Information on how to proceed independently will be available. No experience required. AGE: 13 and up. MATERIALS FEE: $7 paid to instructor for 1 felting needle, unlimited felted sweater pieces, 1 piece Nepal felt, foam piece & roving.
Instructor Nancy Topolski